Daily 80's Video: Okay, so, yeah, technically, this is a 70's song, but heck, you can't have the 80's without the 70's, and what bled into, and helped shape the 80's, a la Star Wars, coming out in 1977, not unlike this phenomenal song/album by Television. Virtually, every song on Television's 1977 debut album is, or should have been, a hit and a half. Like many of their songs, Marquee Moon is a work of art, with incredibly strong and melodic guitars and fun cryptic lyrics. Here are the Lyrics for those interested, as I was a few months back, listening to this song about 100 times over. WARNING: This song is utterly infectious. I remember Ooo how the darkness doubled I recall Lightning struck itself I was listening Listening to the rain I was hearing Hearing something else Life in the hive puckered up my night, A kiss of death, the embrace of life Ooo there I stand neath the Marquee Moon, Just waiting I spoke to a man Down at the tracks And I ask him How he don't go mad He said 'Look here junior, don't you be so happy And for Heaven's sake, don't you be so sad' Life in the hive puckered up my night, The kiss of death, the embrace of life Ooo there I stand neath the Marquee Moon, Hesitating Well a Cadillac It pulled out of the graveyard Pulled up to me All they said 'get in', get in Then the Cadillac It puttered back into the graveyard Me, I got out again Life in the hive puckered up my night, A kiss of death, the embrace of life Ooo there I stand neath the Marquee Moon, I ain't waiting nuh ah I remember How the darkness doubled I recall Lightning struck itself I was listening Listening to the rain I was hearing Hearing something else. Buy Song. Buy Album.
Daily 80's Video: Sure, They Live, the 1988 John Carpenter Film, doesn't exactly stand up today, at least not technically speaking, due to pacing and effects, but in almost every other way, it still totally works. At the time, the film was awesome, utilizing the talents of WWF wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper, who was definitely one of the most intriguing and wittiest WWF wrestlers of his era, winning us over with his brains and brawn, showcased here in this pivotal scene from the film, one of the most epic fight scenes of all-time. And the folks from South Park certainly agreed, as they chose to model a fight scene between two of their characters, Timmy and Jimmy. Here is a nifty move-by-move mashup. Enjoy!
Daily 80's Video: I think when I was a kid I didn't really get this song. I mean, I was 10 in 1985, what sort of years would I be holding back? My terrible 2's? Now, I get it. Because, holy poop, that's exactly what we're doing, living with one foot in the year we're in and one foot back in the 80's. Regardless, it's another great 80's song. I think a lot of folks might associate Simply Red with the very talented lead singer with the fluffy red hair, thinking maybe even that he himself was Simply Red. Nah, he's actually this bloke named Mick Hucknall. But we can sleep a little easier at night thinking Simply Red is the very talented lead singer with the fluffy hair. But we would be wrong. Good luck getting to sleep now. Now, that I've turned your simply red world on its simply red head. Buy Song. Buy Album.
Daily 80's Video: Just watched this Spandau Ballet documentary available right now on Netflix and it was great! It's extremely comprehensive, covering each of the group members pre-Spandau and post-Spandau. Some things that stuck with me were how much the group was controlled by Gary Kemp, the groups guitarist and prime, possibly sole songwriter. Another thing was how much that control went to Kemp's head, and how it seemed to manifest in almost nonstop animosity toward the group's lead singer Tony Hadley, who comes off as innocent and totally not deserving of such treatment. In short, Gary Kemp, comes off as a prick and a half. On a lighter note, one last thing that stuck with me was how ridiculously handsome Martin Kemp was. Definitely an entertaining and informative documentary for anyone interested in 80's music. Buy Song. Buy Album.
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